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Department Sports Medicine
Primary Location Lakewood Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Acute Fracture Care
  • Adolescent Orthopaedics
  • Concussion Evaluation and Testing
  • Exercise Counseling
  • Fitness
  • Fitness and Nutrition as Part of the Orthopaedic Treatment Plan
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand Injection
  • Knee Injections
  • Management of Sports Concussions
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Orthopaedics
  • Prevention and Treatment of Injuries in the Aging Athlete
  • Prevention and Wellness
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Physicals
  • Sports Safety
  • Steroid Injections
  • Student Health
  • Women's Sports Health
View all 20 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Achilles Tendon Injury
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Acute Foot Pain
  • Acute Sports Injuries
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Ankle Pain
  • Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Hip
  • Arthritis of the Knee
  • Arthritis of the Thumb Base
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Athletic Ankle Injury
  • Athletic Elbow Injury
  • Athletic Foot Injury
  • Athletic Knee Injury
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Calcaneal Apophysitis (Sever's Disease)
  • Calcaneal Bursitis
  • Calcification Tendinitis
  • Concussion
  • Concussions, Pediatric
  • Dance Injuries
  • De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
  • Elbow Injury
  • Elbow Pain
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Fractures
  • Hand and Wrist Injuries
  • Hand Related Sports Injuries
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Problems
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Pediatric Sports Injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Running Injuries
  • Sever’s Disease
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries in Baseball
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Sprain
  • Shoulder Strain
  • Sports Concussion
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports-Related Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Turf Toe
  • Wrist Sprain
View all 63 Specialties +


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About Marie Schaefer, MD

Marie Schaefer, MD is a staff physician with appointments in both the Orthopedic and Rheumatologic Institute and Medicine Institute. She is board certified in Family Medicine with a specialty certification in Primary Care Sports Medicine.  She works primarily in the Center for Sports Health and serves as the Head Team Physician and NCAA Health Care Administrator for Cleveland State University.

She is from Parma, OH and completed her undergraduate studies at Ohio Wesleyan University prior to attending Yale School of Medicine.  Upon graduation, she completed a residency in Family Medicine at the Ohio State University and completed a pediatric and adult Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

She holds a faculty position of Clinical Assistant Professor in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.  She is also the team physician of Lakewood High School and the Verb Ballets company.

Dr. Schaefer enjoys working with athletes and active people of all ages in injury treatment and prevention. She has specialty training in working with pediatric athletes including concussion management.  Her specialty interests include non-operative management of orthopaedic conditions, acute and chronic sports injuries, tendon or ligament conditions, and management of medical problems in sports.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Nationwide Children's Hospital
Sports Medicine
Columbus, OH USA

Residency - The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Family Medicine
Columbus, OH USA

Medical Education - Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT USA

Undergraduate - Ohio Wesleyan University
Politics and Government
Delaware, OH USA


  • Family Medicine - Sports Medicine
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 5/31/2023, Dr. Schaefer has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

136 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

30 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023

Dr. Marie, is the very best

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

Dr Schaefer was super friendly, gregarious and positive. My first visit to see her as a recommendation from Dr Munzar. Dr Schaefer was prompt, knowledgeable and spoke to my wife and I in terms we could understand. Excellent first impression.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

Dr. Schaefer could not have been better to us! She is amazing to work with and she really cared about getting Savannah on the care plan that will get her back to walking and running. We appreciate her so much! So thankful we came to see her.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

Dr. Schaefer is my favorite doctor. She is smart, efficient and engaging. It is always a pleasure to see her.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

Dr. Schaefer was exellent, a joy to be around, and eager to help with any of my concerns

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

I thought Dr. Schaefer listened and was concerned about my Issue and provided appropriate care.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

Dr. Schaefer is amazing. She is so kind - she listens to me and involves me in my care.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2023

Dr. Schaefer was very courteous and attentive. She interjected some humor, which is always welcome, and was thorough in her examination. She explained things in layman's terms and came up with a plan of action for treatment.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2023

I felt Dr Schaefer is very knowledgeable about sports health so I'm confident she will help me get out of this pain I'm experiencing.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2023

She is a wonderful doctor.

Reviewed on May 10, 2023

Dr. Marie Schaefer is phenomenal!

Reviewed on May 10, 2023

Dr. Schaefer and the staff are top notch

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2023

Dr. Marie is an excellent and compassionate doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2023

I could not be happier being s patient of Dr. Marie and her staff. I feel so valued and cared for.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2023

Dr. Schaefer is excellent!

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2023

Everyone in Dr Schaefer's office is a delight !

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2023

Staff is wonderful and my Doctor Marie Schaffier is beyond a 10

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2023

One of the best doctors I have at CCF

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2023

Dr Schaefer is so friendly and engaged. I love her positive attitude and amazing listening skills! She also walked me through everything I need to know, and her approach makes sense to me.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

Marie was very knowledgable and helpful throughout the visit. She provided complete answers to questions and was caring and thoughtful with her explainations.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

Beautiful Doctor as well as the rest of the staff

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

I appreciate that Dr. Schaefer always takes time to ask questions and listen to me. Even though she is busy, she never rushes through my appt. With other doctors, I have felt like I was being pushed out the door as soon as I got there and it is very dismissive and disrespectful.Dr. Schaefer also has a very affable manner and is simply a kind and pleasant person. She cares not only about treating the underlying problem but also the immediate symptoms of that problem in order to make her patients as comfortable as possible during their recovery. Finally, she is able to to explain things in a way that is easily understandable but also without talking down to you. She respects your intelligence but doesn't overwhelm you with specialized medical jargon. Dr. Schaefer is perhaps the best doctor I've ever had and I would recommend her to anyone.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Dr Schaefer is absolutely amazing!!! She is very personable while maintaining a professional repertoire. I found her very good at explaining things and terms I could understand while also giving an explanation of her plan with my treatment moving forward. I would recommend her to anyone.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

She is always willing to discuss my concerns, and what I have questions on

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023

She is, what is the best that you have, what a great doctor

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

Dr. Schaefer is great!

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2022

Dr. Schaefer was very understanding and gave me options and pain relief the same day. She gave me referrals for weight loss and physical therapy. Two things that will help my knee pain. She listened and had great care on treating my knee.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2022

Dr.Schaefers staff was wonderful and I would totally recommend them.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

She never gave up and truly listened and helped

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

Dr. Schafer was friendly, thorough and answered all questions.

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